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Hotel Description

Earthbox Inn & Spa places you in the center of Friday Harbor, steps from San Juan Islands Museum of Art and within a short 5-minute stroll of Whale Museum. Highlights at this hotel include a full-service spa, an indoor swimming pool, and free self parking.

You can enjoy TVs with satellite channels, and all 72 rooms feature free WiFi, iPod docks, and coffee/tea makers. Refrigerators and microwaves make in-room dining convenient. You'll find nice touches like bathrobes and free toiletries to enhance your stay. Additionally, hair dryers and phones are available.

A day of pampering at The Spa at Earthbox can include hot stone massages, body wraps, and facials along with aromatherapy and thalassotherapy. Enjoy the fitness center, spa tub, and sauna as well as access to free bike rentals. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a coffee shop/café, and coffee/tea in a common area. There's also the convenience of a free airport shuttle.

Sights within a 10-minute drive of this Friday Harbor hotel include San Juan Historical Society and Museum and San Juan Island.

Room, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$180 per night

Standard Room

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Classic Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Earthbox Inn & Spa ratings based on 10 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.9 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0
3 out of 5

Ordinary and expensive

Pros: central location, parking provided, wireless provided.
Cons: Since rooms have no AC or windows that can be left open and still be secure, ceiling fans or portable fans would be a great improvement.
Location: Walking distance to Friday Harbor ferry, shops, and restaurants. Easy access to other locations on the island.
This is a completely ordinary motel room that has been refurbished. Although the motel is associated with a spa, there is nothing spa-like about the rooms. It was clean and tidy and centrally located; beds were comfortable; bathroom was smaller than average. Room was functional, with a microwave and frig, but very expensive for what you get. This is true of most of SJI as far as I have seen though and I'm not sure anywhere else offers a better value. Just don't expect much. Like many places on the island, it has no air conditioning and in our case the room was very hot and stuffy. The outside air was cool, but the only window opened onto a public walkway, so we did not feel comfortable leaving it open to sleep at night. There are no ceiling fans or other way to move the air.

Posted by , from Austin TX on May 21, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 1, 2017 by Steffi Wehner, Customer Service Manager

Hi Lee, Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your stay. Yes, we are a renovated motor inn. We are so proud that we were able to keep the old motor inn feel and transform it into a comfortable place with modern amenities, instead of tearing it down and building a cookie cutter hotel. We are so sorry it didn't meet your expectations. We provide fans in all our rooms and have several with A/C. Please come back some time and let us place you in a room with A/C or a different window set-up (just to ease your mind, Friday Harbor is the safest town I know, we never had any issues with leaving the windows open) We have six room styles and are confident we have the room to make your stay comfortable and lovely. Please come back and let us spoil and pamper you like we indented.

2 out of 5
Nice location, the staff was very nice, the place really need,s serious up grades starting to Look run down . Old ,used, I was disappointed, but still was clean. Really enjoyed Friday harbor Nice folk.s .

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017

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4 out of 5
Good location to the ferry and town. The staff were friendly and helpful. Our room was clean and comfortable. We would return to Earthbox Inn & Spa if we were in the area again.

Posted by , from Santa Cruz, CA on May 20, 2016

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3 out of 5

Expensive for what you get

Pros: The bed was very comfortable
Cons: WIFI is terrible
We stayed two nights at Earthbox. Frankly, there doesn't seem to be much to pick from on the area and arriving with reservations is risky. At any rate, The place is a remodeled older motel and they did a good job for the most part. Staff is courteous and the place is clean. The WIFI is like dial up and they say it is an island problem. I felt that it was priced at a rate that I would expect the very best of everything and Earthbox didn't really deliver. If the rates were less, I probably would not complain, it was OK.

Posted by , from Oregon on Jul 31, 2015

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4 out of 5

Jaccuzzi Spa Tub

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, jacuzzi spa tub
The rooms were extremely clean & comfortable. They were a little small, but I think that is typical of the island. The jacuzzi spa in the bathroom was amazing. Overall a great place to stay with excellent staff.

Posted by , from Lander, WY 82520, USA on Jul 25, 2012

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5 out of 5

Awesome comfort, great location

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet
This hotel was great! From the specialized soaps in the room, to the friendly staff, and super clean rooms, my stay at this hotel was very pleasant. The rooms are a nice size and very clean. I will definitely stay here again.

Posted by , from Yelm, WA, USA on Nov 23, 2011

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4 out of 5

Good location, but too pricy for a motel

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet
Cons: Noisy
This was a nice motel.. and that's what it is.. but was pretty spendy for that. The room was nice and clean, but the bed was terrible. It got a bit noisy at night and in the morning with people coming and going.. clicking their car alarms on and slamming doors. On the plus side, the staff was great and there was a spa on site and bikes available to cruise the town on. Good location too... walk to town. I'm just not a motel kind of girl. I like a quieter stay, but all in all, it was nice.

Posted by , from Woodinville, WA on Jun 26, 2011

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5 out of 5

Fun, Funky Hotel

This hotel was such a find. Our room was quite large, with 2 queen super-comfy beds. Great location - within walking distance to everything you'd need in town. Only complaint (and this is minor) is that the showers don't get really hot. Would stay here again. Tip: A great way to see is island is via moped. We rented the scoot-cars from Susie's Mopeds in Friday Harbor & had an absolute blast driving them all around the island. Don't miss Mona the kissing camel and the lavender farm.

Posted by on Aug 9, 2008

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4 out of 5

Great location, renovated rooms & comfy beds!

We had a great stay at Elements Hotel and Spa this past weekend. Don't believe any of the bad reviews out there! The hotel staff was very friendly and professional, the location is within walking distance to tons of great shopping and restaurants, and the massage we received at spa was heavenly! The shuttle even picked us up at the marina once our plane landed. Would have been nice if there was a continental breakfast offered but we found plenty of coffee shops close by that opened early. Great value for the money, especially since you will be enjoying the town during the day and only sleeping in the room at night.The hotel has been completely redone inside (new linens, wall color, bathroom vanity, shower head, carpet...etc). I was glad there was a large fan in the room because it was warm outside and there is no air conditioning provided in the rooms. The outside of the building is the only part of the hotel that hasn't been rennovated but the proximity to how close you are to downtown is well worth it. The best part of our trip by far-- our couples deep tissue massage at their spa!!!! *Highly recommended!!!!* Didn't try the pool or free beach bicycle rentals. As for if we would stay at Elements Hotel again... probably just because of the value.The room was luxurious (private balcony with a view, fireplace, hot tub in the middle of the room, free breakfast, very fancy & romantic!!) Although it was more expensive (* night for the cheapest room) I felt it was absolutely worth the extra $$. Dinner recommendations: Backdoor Kitchen (my favorite dining experience of the trip).

Posted by on Aug 5, 2008

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5 out of 5

Great place!

The hotel was exceptional. The staff was fun and accommodating. There was a very comfortable feel to the place and the newly decorated rooms were great - creatively decorated and the beds were luscious. There were many families there as well and they too seemed pleased. Loved it.

Posted by on Aug 28, 2007

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Property Features

There's a coffee shop/café on site. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. Earthbox Inn & Spa offers its guests a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. A roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request) and a ferry terminal shuttle are free. A fitness center, a sauna, and coffee/tea in a common area are also featured at the business-friendly Earthbox Inn & Spa. Self parking is free. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Friday Harbor hotel.

  • 72 guestrooms or units
  • Coffee shop
  • 1 conference room
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Front-desk safe
  • Concierge
  • Computer for guest use
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Indoor pool
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Friday Harbor, WA (FRD) (1.6 km / 1 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free airport shuttle and ferry terminal shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Earthbox Inn & Spa offers 72 accommodations with iPod docking stations and coffee/tea makers. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Televisions come with satellite channels. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • IPod dock
  • Television
  • Satellite channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobes
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Nearby Activities

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness center. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Free bicycles on site

Spa Services

Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hotel's full-service spa, The Spa at Earthbox. Services include hot stone massages, Swedish massages, massages, and facials. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and thalassotherapy.

  • Hot stone massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Thalassotherapy treatments
  • Massages


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 5 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Special check-in instructions:

To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation.

Airport shuttle service is available on request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets: USD 15 per pet, per night
  • Maximum 2 per room


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Pet fee: USD 15 per pet, per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Earthbox Friday Harbor
  • Earthbox Inn
  • Earthbox Inn Friday Harbor
  • Earthbox Hotel Friday Harbor
  • Earthbox Inn & Spa Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA
  • Earthbox Motel And Spa
  • Earthbox Motel Friday Harbor

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.